Umiak-Inuk

Umiak Inuk (Kayak Man in Inuktituk)

Objects/props of porcelain, shaped to represent simple everyday objects; a knife, a stone, a can. A performance with the musician/ storyteller Sarah Granskou about life in a small Inuit community on Canada’s east coast. Clown Hall, Toronto. With support from IASPIS/ The Swedish Arts Grants Committee and Estrid Ericsons Stiftelse. 2001.


October 12, 2008
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Lucia

 

Lucia

Lucia

Objects/ installation. A work about the life of Lucia, about saints, martyrdom and women’s history. Galeria Quadrifoglio, Syracusa, Italy. 2001.


October 12, 2008
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The Portrait Boxes

The Portrait Boxes

Objects. A series of porcelain boxes, each representing a person among my friends or family. Each box is accompanied by a fragment from a letter written by the person to whom that box belongs. Shown at Guldagergaard/ Danish Ceramic Museum and the Ekogallery in Uppsala. With support from IASPIS/ The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, NIFCA/ Nordic Institute For Contemporary Art and Estrid Ericsons Foundation. 2002.


Each box was, when shown, accompanied by a few lines from letters written by the person to whom the box belongs. Below you will find those texts. The Good Bye Box was made as a donation to the International Ceramic Centre where the pieces were made. 
 

Portrait Boxes – The Letters
 

1(Flowers)

Try to bridge the vast gap between realms…news from my side of the gap.                     

 

2 (Feet)

It strikes me often down here, how openly people discuss bad things that has happened to them, and at the same time how much joy and laughter they have inside.

 

3 (Birds)

I feel like there is so much to be said and so many suffering from a fear of speaking.

 

4 (Hands)

I was singing the whole time, thinking about the good things that came about from getting this illness.

 

5 (Fish)

It’s like returning home from a foreign country and suddenly being confronted with the arbitrariness of your way of life. It’s a nice feeling, small moments seem fertile.

 

6 (Roses)

Love is hard to forget, especially the one we experienced. So, I have no one to talk to about my great happiness.

 

7 (Sheets)

You know how it is… we’ve said it so many times before.

 

8 (Heads)

I wish I were able to confront and work through my own story and my own emotions, but I have not yet begun to understand very much about myself.

 

9 (Needles)

The pain in the delight is as present as ever.

 

10 (Chairs)

I did feel very lonely on Sunday night, and had a very needed cry. Even in the pain of tears it feels good to be releasing, it feels like emptying out things I don’t need anymore.

 

11 (Wings)

The day when you dare being rejected by your friends, when you no longer care about what others think but do things for your own joy and development, that day nothing can harm your self.

 

12 (Oars)

Forget any self-reproach, just as I am trying to behave reasonable about mine. We have to move on. It is never to late.

 

13 (Violins)

Now I am by the sea again to let you think and do. Will I get dream-like when time returns?

 

14 (Suitcases)

I know that you’re always carrying yourself with you and that you usually enjoy that, but you are so far away.

 

15 (Tubes)

God how fast time passes
you are just here
and then things happen and happen
it’s good to be in the middle 


October 12, 2008
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Transparence I-II

Transparence I-II

Objects / installation. “Transparence is a conversation in materials between Anna-Karin Bylund, textile and Henny Linn Kjellberg, ceramics. Linen and porcelain, two materials refined and shaped in different ways, both express their distinctive characters. The project expresses a silent but sharp listening, and the result is fascinating: a spatial installation where the roughness of the linen stands against the smooth surface of the porcelain. Strength and fragility – an image of body and soul in a single entity!” (Pernilla Norrman, curator. Gallery Formargruppen, Malmö. with support from IASPIS/ The Swedish Arts Grants Committee and Estrid Ericsons Foundation. 2002-2005.


October 11, 2008
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Solve

Solve

Objects/ costume. A performance with dancer Pia Sidetun about aging, remembering and moving on. Ribersborg Cold Bath House, and Chokladfabriken, Malmö. With support from Konstfrämjandet i Malmö and Af Kultur. 2003.


October 11, 2008
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The Bridgetine Communion Pieces

 

The Bridgetine Communion Pieces

The Bridgetine Communion Pieces

Design. Communion ware made for the 700-year jubilee of The Holy Bridget. A commission from the Church of Sweden, here with priests robes and church textile by Anna-Karin Bylund. See www.sakralskrud.se. 2003.


October 11, 2008
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In Rapture

In Rapture

(Bevingad, Betagen)

Set design/ objects. A collaboration with the dancer/performer Maud Karlsson. A piece about dreams, communication and change. With support from Uppland Arts Council. Shown at the Botanical Garden in Uppsala, Uppsala Art Museum and more. 2005. For more info about Maud Karlsson’s work, check out www.maudsart.se.

In rapture was, at first, conceived of as a performance based on ideas regarding communication: how to communicate within and between different art forms as well as outward communication; drawing on both artistic expressions and personal experience. We discovered that we, in spite of our different art forms, shared a common language of expression.

With this as a frame, the collaboration began to evolve. One of my strongest artistic interests has long been to see how the number of objects the spectator meets affects his or her experience. Combined with my fascination for animal symbolism, I caught the image of a swarm. Then a butterfly flew by.

This image I handed over to Maud, who with delicacy translated it into movement – an embodiment of transformation.  Through a saturated metaphorical language she moves through different emotional states, where the symbolism links to general problems of the human being – vulnerability, dreams and self-fulfilment.


October 9, 2008
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Grow Wild

Grow Wild

Sculpture. Large-scale earthenware sculpture. Approx. 200 x 150 cm. 2007.


October 9, 2008
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Dream Seminar / Drömseminarium 2008

Dream Seminar / Drömseminarium

Set design. A new piece for music-theatre based on the work of contemporary Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer. Bilingual, mixing the original Swedish with English translations. The raw material for the piece is being developed through a series of development workshops, through improvisation by 25 artists from 7 different countries, a true international collaboration. Premiere in Sweden and New York, 2010. For more info: www.companionstar.org/fortheliving

Photos from rehearsals at Västerås Konserthus, June 2008. With support from: Västerås Stad, Landstinget Västmanland, Länstyrelsen i Västmanland, Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, American-Swedish Foundation and New York State Council on the Arts.


October 9, 2008
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Princesses

Princesses

Princesses

Object/ performance/ photo. A golden crown. People passing in a shopping mall, young and old, dressing in the gown of the fairytale and commenting on their own relation to ”the princess”. Or the prince. A work about the relation between body and object and about status, images, fantasy and power. With support from Uppland Arts Council and the Culture Network, Uppsala. 2007.


October 9, 2008
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